Proshotz: Blog http://www.proshotz.com/blog en-us (C) Proshotz (Proshotz) Sat, 19 Mar 2016 10:19:00 GMT Sat, 19 Mar 2016 10:19:00 GMT http://www.proshotz.com/img/s/v-5/u886858754-o437814884-50.jpg Proshotz: Blog http://www.proshotz.com/blog 120 92 INKSTER AND WINN EXTEND LEAD ON HARD-CORE SECOND DAY OF TARGA NZ http://www.proshotz.com/blog/2016/3/inkster-and-winn-extend-lead-on-hard-core-second-day-of-targa-nz  

Retaining their class lead in Instra.com Modern 2WD were Clark Proctor and Sue O'Neill (Ford Escort/Nissan V6).

Day one pace-setters Glenn Inkster and Spencer Winn (Mitsubishi Evo 8) extended their early lead in this year's Targa NZ event on a long and tough second day from Hamilton to New Plymouth today.

Despite losing turbo boost - and time - when an intercooler pipe burst in the first stage just outside Te Awamutu in the morning the pair not only made up the 19 seconds they lost, they added a further three full minutes to their margin over five-time previous event winner Tony Quinn and his co-driver Naomi Tillett (Nissan GTR-35) despite one of the eight scheduled stages being cancelled.

Defending Targa NZ title holders Glenn Inkster and Spencer Winn (Mitsubishi Evo 8) extended their lead. Included in the stage line-up were the 47km Kawhia and 35 km Marakopa marathons which linked the King Country and Taranaki.

In the other classes, former Metalman Classic 2WD class winners Mark and Chris Kirk-Burnnand caught and passed Day 1 winners Bevan Claridge and Campbell Tannock (Holden Commodore V8) and runners-up Jason Easton and Campbell Ward (Ford Mustang) to wrest back the class lead by 11 seconds on time.

Claridge and Tannock remain second but Easton and Ward slipped down the order after running off the road, elevating Bruce Farley and Glen Warner (BMW 325i) to third.

Another crash saw Andrew Simms Allcomers 4WD fast men Nic de Waal and Guy Hodgson (Subaru WRX) end their event early, while mechanical issues saw fellow class contenders Jason Gill and Mark Robinson  in their Mitsubishi Evo 9 (gearbox) and Instra.com Modern 2WD class husband and wife duo Ross and Carmel Graham in their Holden A9X (fuel pump) slip down the order in their respective classes.

Taking a little time, meanwhile, to settle into a car 50 years newer than the one he has driven in the past 20 events, was Mike Lowe and co-driver Philip Sutton who finished the day 15th in the Instra.com Modern 2WD standings in Lowe's new Fiat Abarth Assetto Corse.

Getting the feel for his new car, meanwhile, was Mike Lowe and co-driver Philip Sutton in the ENZED Abarth. "Juts settling in and finding out what the new car likes and doesn’t like, and yes I have found myself missing the old car at times," Lowe said "At one stage today I found myself throwing it around like the old car which was obviously not the right thing to do because we’ve run out of brakes which is something we’ve obviously got to sort out tonight."

The event now spends a full day in Taranaki with six stages north, east and south of New Plymouth and an end-of-day motor show in the city centre.

It then heads east to Palmerston North on Thursday then on to Havelock North on Friday before returning west for the finish at Palmerston North (at the city's Square) on Saturday October 31.

Information on both the main (six-day) 2015 Targa New Zealand and two-day Targa Regional Rally events is available on the event website www.targa.co.nz  or in the latest copy of NZ Classic Car magazine.

 

Targa New Zealand events are organised with the support of sponsors Chicane, Ecolight, Federal tyres, Global Security, Kids In Cars, Metalman, NZ Classic Car magazine, Race Brakes, Racetech, TeamTalk, TrackIt and VTNZ.

 

RESULTS

Andrew Simms Allcomers 4WD

1. Glenn Inkster/Spencer Winn (2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) 01:32:57

2. Tony Quinn/Naomi Tillett (2008 Nissan GTR) 01:36:21

3. Brian Green/Fleur Pedersen (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X) 1:42:06

4. David Rogers/Aidan Kelly (2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X) 01:43:52

5. Matthew Wales/Mitchell Osborne (2006 Mitsubishi Evolution 9) 01:46:17

6. Graeme Wong/Kim Blatchley (1998 Subaru Impreza Type R) 01:48:15

 

Metalaman Classic 2WD

1. Mark Kirk-Burnnand/Chris Kirk-Burnnand (1987 BMW M3) 01:40:49

2. Bevan Claridge/Campbell Tannock (1992 Holden Commodore) 01:41:00

3. Bruce Farley/Glen Warner (1986 BMW 325 325) 01:42:44

4. Ashton Wood/Chris Lancaster (1976 Ford Escort RS1800) 01:45:38

5. Keith Callinan/Mary Anne Callinan (1977 Ford Escort) 01:45:46

6. Barry Kirk Burnannd/Dave Ocarroll (1989 BMW M3) 01:46:54

 

Instra.com Modern 2WD

1. Clark Proctor/Sue O'Neill (1973 Escort MK1) 01:39:36

2. Martin Dippie/Jona Grant (2007 Porsche GT3 RS) 01:39:43

3. Robert Darrington/David Abetz (2002 BMW M3) 01:41:45

4. Grant Aitken/Caroline Cullimore (2013 Toyota 86 RC) 01:41:50

5. Steven Kirk-Burnnand/Mick Hay (1994 BMW 318ti) 01:42:23

6. Chris Lewis/Kieran Anstis (2013 Toyota TR86) 01:42:46

 

Prepared by Ross MacKay FAST COMPANY on behalf of Targa NZ, photo credit PROSHOTZ Photography. To find out more about the various Targa events go to the Targa NZ website at www.targa.co.nz

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(Proshotz) NZ Targa http://www.proshotz.com/blog/2016/3/inkster-and-winn-extend-lead-on-hard-core-second-day-of-targa-nz Tue, 27 Oct 2015 10:00:00 GMT
INKSTER AND WINN MAKE EARLY TARGA NZ RUNNNING http://www.proshotz.com/blog/2016/3/inkster-and-winn-make-early-targa-nz-runnning Defending Targa NZ title holders Glenn Inkster and Spencer Winn (Mitsubishi Evo 8) have taken an early lead in the 2015 Targa NZ event from Auckland to Palmerston North.

Defending title holders Glenn Inkster and Spencer Winn (Mitsubishi Evo 8) made the early running on the opening day of the 21st annual Targa New Zealand tarmac rally event today (Labour Day Monday).

The pair, who have also won the one-day Targa Sprint event and three-day Targa Bambina earlier this year were comfortably fastest in both timed stages and on the event's Prologue stages. And though crew members were busy at the end-of-day service in Hamilton replacing a turbo, Inkster said he and Winn could hardly have wished for a better day.

"The turbo was new and we are really only replacing it because people told us the car was smoking a bit when it was idling. It was fine out on the road, but we decided to replace it just in case and it is good to see that by doing that we have fixed the smoke problem."

Five-time former champion Tony Quinn and co-driver Naomi Tillett also reported a good start to the event in the Targa Tasmania and Targa NZ-winning Nissan GT-R35 which for the past two years has been on display at the National Motorsport Museum in Cromwell.

Outright and Andrew Simms Allcomers 4WD class rivals Leigh Hopper and co-driver Simon Kirkpatrick (Subaru WRX), and Jason Gill and co-driver Mark Robinson, (Mitsubishi Evo 8) were not so lucky, however.

Hopper and Kirkpatrick crashed heavily on the second run through the day's Prologue stage in the north Waikato, and Gill and Robinson were contemplating an overnight gearbox change after problems in the second afternoon stage.

"I could shift down alright, but not back up," reported Gill. "We didn’t lose too much time with it stuck in fourth but it was enough."

Leading the Instra.com Modern 2WD class is Clark Proctor and Sue O'Neill (Ford Escort/Nissan V6). In the other classes Clark Proctor and co-driver Sue O'Neill set the early pace in Instra Modern 2WD in their hybrid Nissan turbo-engined Ford Escort.

They ended the day 19 seconds in front of the late model Porsche 911 GT3 of 2013 class and event winners Martin Dippie and Jona Grant from Dunedin, who in turn had a three second margin on Christchurch gravel rally ace Marcus Van Klink and his co-driver Dave Neill  in Van Klink's 2004 Citroen C2 Super 1600 ex WRC cars.

In Metalman Classic, meanwhile, Targa Bambina class winners Bevan Claridge and co-driver Campbell Tannock (Holden Commodore V8) spent most of the day locked in a battle for class supremacy with good friends Jason Easton and Campbell Ward from nearby Foxton/

The result was that Claridge and Tannock lead the class with Easton  -who got his start in the sport as Claridge's co-driver - and Ward just two seconds behind, but a further two seconds clear of class stalwarts Mark and Chris Kirk-Burnnand in their BMW M3.

Third in Metalman Classic 2WD are Mark and Chris Kirk-Burnnand in their BMW M3.

With today's two untimed Prologue stages and timed Glen Murray and Rotongaro stages now over, the 80-strong Targa NZ field now heads south-west for two days of stages in Taranaki (with two nights in New Plymouth) then east to Palmerston North and Havelock 

North before returning west for the finish at Palmerston North (at the city's Square) 

on Saturday October 31.

Information on both the main (six-day) 2015 Targa New Zealand and two-day Targa Regional Rally events is available on the event website www.targa.co.nz  or in the latest copy of NZ Classic Car magazine.

 

Targa New Zealand events are organised with the support of sponsors Chicane, Ecolight, Federal tyres, Global Security, Kids In Cars, Metalman, NZ Classic Car magazine, Race Brakes, Racetech, TeamTalk, TrackIt and VTNZ.

 

RESULTS

 

Andrew Simms Allcomers 4WD 

1. Glenn Inkster/Spencer Winn (2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) 00:18:04

2. Tony Quinn/Naomi Tillett (2008 Nissan GT-R) 00:18:38

3. Jason Gill/Mark  Robinson (2005 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO9) 00:18:47

4. Nic de Waal/Guy Hodgson (2002 Subaru Impreza) 00:19:07

5. David Rogers/Aidan Kelly (2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X RS) 00:20:17

6. Brian Green/Fleur Pedersen (2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X RS) 00:20:20

 

Metalman Classic 2WD

1. Bevan Claridge/Campbell Tannock (1992 Holden Commodore) 00:19:33

2. Jason Easton/Campbell Ward (1966 Ford Mustang) 00:19:35

3. Mark & Chris Kirk-Burnnand (1987 BMW M3) 00:19:37

4. Bruce Farley/Glen Warner (1986 BMW 325) 00:20:17

5. Ashton Wood/Chris Lancaster (1976 Ford Escort RS1800) 00:20:35

6. Barry Kirk Burnannd/Dave O'Carroll (1989 BMW M3) 00:20:48

 

Instra.com Modern 2WD

1. Clark Proctor/Sue O'Neill (1973 Escort MK1) 00:19:18

2. Martin Dippie/Jona Grant (2007 Porsche GT3 RS) 00:19:37

3. Marcus Van Klink/Dave Neill (2004 Citroen C2 Super 1600) 00:19:40

4. Robert Darrington/David Abetz (2002 BMW M3) 00:19:53

5. Grant Aitken/Caroline Cullimore (2013 Toyota 86 RC) 00:19:54

6. Andre Cowan/Brett Cowan (1992 BMW 325i) 00:19:58

 

Prepared by Ross MacKay FAST COMPANY on behalf of Targa NZ, photo credit PROSHOTZ Photography. To find out more about the various Targa events go to the Targa NZ website at www.targa.co.nz

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(Proshotz) NZ Targa http://www.proshotz.com/blog/2016/3/inkster-and-winn-make-early-targa-nz-runnning Mon, 26 Oct 2015 10:00:00 GMT
NO EASING INTO TARGA NZ FOR INKSTER AND WINN THIS YEAR http://www.proshotz.com/blog/2015/10/no-easing-into-targa-nz-for-inkster-and-winn-this-year Defending Targa NZ title holders Glenn Inkster and Spencer Winn (Mitsubishi Evo 8) are not expecting an easy ride in this year's event from former Targa NZ 'king' Tony Quinn and his co-driver Naomi Tillett.

They'll be no easing into this year's marathon six-day Targa New Zealand for last year's winners, Glenn Inkster and Spencer Winn, who are expecting a battle royal with five-time former event winner Tony Quinn and his co-driver Naomi Tillett when the event starts on Labour Day morning at the Ellerslie Event Centre in Auckland's Greenlane at 9.00am.

"I've learnt a lot of hard lessons from Tony," Mitsubishi Evo 8 driver Inkster said on the eve of this year's bumper 1000-plus km special stage event. "No matter how much he tells you he will be dawdling on the first day you just have to look at the stage times. He'll be blazing tomorrow and we will be too!"

Quinn is the Queensland-based Scot who built up and recently sold the VIP Pet Foods business across the Tasman and now owns both the Highlands Park and Hampton Downs motor racing circuits here.

He and Tillett won four Targa NZ events in a row between 2009 and 2012 before taking a year off in 2013 then crashing out of the 20th annual event last year in the Lamborghini Huracan he bought to replace his long-serving - not to mention very successful - Nissan GT-R35.

The last time Tony Quinn and Naomi Tillett shared a Nissan GTR-35 in Targa NZ was in 2012 when they won. Photo provided by GroundSky The pair are back in a Nissan GT-R35 for the 21st annual event which starts tomorrow.

Ahead of them and the other entrants - this year's field is made up of around 60 competition cars and 20 in the concurrent but non-competitive Targa Tour - are 35 closed special stages comprising a total of 1035.5kms linked by 1431.7kms of touring stages, a new record for the New Zealand event.

Monday's Prologue stages are based around the Quinn-owned Hampton Downs motor racing circuit in the northern Waikato with two 11.06km Plantation stages west of Te Kauwhata in the morning followed by the 22.06km Glen Murray and 18.95km Rotongaro stages west of Huntly in the afternoon.

After the first overnight stop in Hamilton on Monday night the event then heads south-west for two days of stages in Taranaki (with two nights in New Plymouth) then east to Palmerston North and Havelock North before returning west for the finish at Palmerston North (at the city's Square) on Saturday October 31.

Having already won the one-day Metalman Targa NZ Rally Sprint at Papakura in March, and the three-day Targa Bambina between Auckland and Rotorua in May, Inkster and Winn are the obvious favourites, though Inkster is expecting nothing less than a full-on attempt to wrest back the title from a fired-up Quinn and Tillett.

"Tony always brings his A game to the main event and it would be a real achievement to beat him over the whole event, and not just win by default or because of him crashing.

"It would be good, you know, if we had a ding-dong battle all week because we've had some amazing battles with Tony and Naomi through the years."

Also in the mix this year in the overall standings are 2013 event winners Martin Dippie and co-driver Jona Grant from Dunedin in Dippie's Porsche 911 GT3, event regulars Leigh Hopper and Simon Kirkpatrick in Hopper's much-modified Subaru WRX, and the Mitsubishi Evo 10s of Aucklanders David Rogers and Aidan Kelly, and rally stalwart Brian Green and co-driver Fleur Pedersen.

The 2015 event also sees the Targa debut of a new Volkswagen Polo-based tarmac rally special to be driven by former speedway and SuperGT class ace, John Rae with David Leuthart in the co-driver's seat.

Set to add interest to the Modern 2WD class, meanwhile, is Mike Lowe and co-driver Philip Sutton who last year celebrated Lowe's 20th Targa New Zealand event behind the wheel of his diminutive 1964 Fiat Abarth 1000.

After finishing the 2014 event Lowe left the little Abarth in the care of the National Motorsport Museum at Highlands Park, and replaced it with its modern-day successor, an Abarth Assetto Corse works race car converted to R3T tarmac rally specification.

Clark Proctor and co-driver Sue O'Neill are also back in Proctor's Nissan-engined Ford Escort with competition in the Modern 2WD class expected to come from Martin Dippie and Jona Grant and husband and wife pair Ross and Carmel Johnson from New Plymouth in their Holden Torana A9X V8.

In the Metalman Classic 2WD drive class it's hard to look past a member of the Kirk-Burnnand family with last year's class event class winner Mark and father Chris again spearheading the attack in their M3 BMW.

Last year though Nelson man Bruce Farley put up a serious challenge in his BMW 325i and he returns this year keen to improve on the third in class he and co-driver Tim Eddington achieved on debut a year ago.

Also back for another year from Queensland's Far North, are husband and wife Keith and and Mary Anne Callinan in one of a number of Mk 11 Ford Escort RS1800s entered in the event.

Former V8 Supercar ace and now TV presenter Greg Murphy will also join the event for the first time from Tuesday driving one of the two promo (non-competitive) cars, an HSV GEN-F.

The  promo cars run ahead of the main field with Murphy and fellow former racer, 'Racing Ray' Williams acting as roving ambassadors.

Information on both the main (six-day) 2015 Targa New Zealand and two-day Targa Regional Rally events is available on the event website www.targa.co.nz  or in the latest copy of NZ Classic Car magazine.

Targa New Zealand events are organised with the support of sponsors Chicane, Ecolight, Federal tyres, Global Security, Kids In Cars, Metalman, NZ Classic Car magazine, Race Brakes, Racetech, TeamTalk, TrackIt and VTNZ.

Prepared by Ross MacKay FAST COMPANY on behalf of Targa NZ, photo credit Graham Hughes PROSHOTZ Photography and GroundSky. To find out more about the various Targa events go to the Targa NZ website at www.targa.co.nz

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(Proshotz) NZ Targa http://www.proshotz.com/blog/2015/10/no-easing-into-targa-nz-for-inkster-and-winn-this-year Sun, 25 Oct 2015 10:00:00 GMT
MIKE LOWE'S NEW TARGA CAR IS THE SAME, BUT DIFFERENT http://www.proshotz.com/blog/2015/10/mike-lowes-new-targa-car-is-the-same-but-different Mike Lowe's mew Targa carMike Lowe's new Targa car, a 2015 Abarth Assetto Corse, or 'Barty2 -The Sequel.' Photo provided by Mike Lowe

When Targa original Mike Lowe and co-driver Philip Sutton line up to start the 21st annual Targa New Zealand tarmac motor rally in Auckland next Monday (Labour Day, October 26) they will be in a small ENZED-backed Abarth sports coupe.

However it will not be the same classic model Lowe started and finished all 20 previous week-long Targa New Zealand events in.

That's right. Despite looking - thanks to their near-identical ENZED livery - remarkably similar, the two cars could hardly be more different, 50 years different in fact!

The car Lowe started the first of his record 20 Targa NZ events in back in 1995 was a rare, limited edition 1964 model Abarth Berlina Corsa (nick-named Barty) powered by a hard-working, rear-mounted 1000 cc engine producing around 70kWs and able to propel the little Fiat 600-based car to a top speed of around 175km/h.

The car the former Rotorua, now Adelaide, businessman will start his 21st event in this year is 'Barty2 - The Sequel,' a brand new front-wheel-drive Abarth Assetto Corse works race car converted to R3T tarmac rally specification.

It is powered by a turbocharged, front-mounted 1400cc engine which produces 140kWs of peak power and has a top speed of 225km/h.

Lowe is one of only two entrants to start all 20 Targa NZ events and the only one who has done so in the same car.

In theory he could have continued to refine and upgrade his original Abarth, but when he broke a crankshaft in the 2013 event (he and Sutton still finished using their 'spare' engine) Lowe decided it was time to cast around for a replacement. And when the same thing happened last year he knew he had made the right decision.

'Barty 1,' the 1964 Abarth Berlina Corsa (pictured at the end of last year's event) in which Lowe completed all 20 previous Targa NZ events "In the 20 years of Targa we have seen the event get faster and with less older cars running," he said this week. "In that time we had to push Barty way beyond its design brief just to keep up and it became clear that we needed to keep him for special or smaller events, and find something else to use for the next 20 years. 

"When I saw the new Abarths (on a visit to the factory in 2012) I knew then we had to have one."

On completion of the 20th annual Targa event in Queenstown last year 'Barty' joined a host of other iconic New Zealand sports and racing cars in the collection of the National Motorsport Museum at Cromwell's Highlands Motorsport Park.

Lowe says he will never sell Barty ("My kids call him the third child," he says) but it may still race again - albeit probably not on this side of the Tasman.

"A new race engine is being built as we speak with the aim of having Barty back in race-ready trim by early 2016 so we can compete in either Targa Tasmania or Classic Adelaide next year," Lowe confirms.

Though he has already done 20 main Targa NZ events, as well as numerous single-day Sprint and two or three-day Targa Bambina and Rotorua events, Lowe is still as enthusiastic as ever about the iconic multi-day New Zealand event and reckons that with his new ENZED Abarth he and Sutton are good for another 20 years.

"Targa NZ is without doubt the best motorsport event in the world. I have raced at all tracks in Australasia in all manner of vehicles from open wheelers to Porsches, but after competing in the very first Targa in 1995, I was hooked…everything else is boring. 

"My aim in life is to be the Kenny Smith of Targa!"

This year's six-day Targa NZ event starts in Auckland on (Labour Day) Monday October 26 and finishes in Palmerston North on Saturday October 31.

In-between are 35 closed special stages comprising a total of 1035.5kms linked by 1431.7kms of touring stages with overnight stops in Hamilton, New Plymouth (two nights), Palmerston North and Havelock North before the finish back in Palmerston North (at the city's Square) on Saturday October 31.

A two-day Targa NZ Regional Rally event-within-the-event is also being held. It starts in Palmerston North on the second-to-last day of the main event and takes in the final 14 stages of the main event.

Information on both the main (six-day) 2015 Targa New Zealand and two-day Targa Regional Rally events is available on the event website www.targa.co.nz and/or in the latest edition of NZ Classic Car magazine.

Targa New Zealand events are organised with the support of sponsors Chicane, Ecolight, Federal tyres, Global Security, Kids In Cars, Metalman, NZ Classic Car magazine, Race Brakes, Racetech, TeamTalk, TrackIt and VTNZ.

Prepared by Ross MacKay FAST COMPANY on behalf of Targa NZ, photo credit Mike Lowe, and Ben Hughes PROSHOTZ Photography. To find out more about the various Targa events go to the Targa NZ website at www.targa.co.nz

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(Proshotz) NZ Targa http://www.proshotz.com/blog/2015/10/mike-lowes-new-targa-car-is-the-same-but-different Tue, 20 Oct 2015 10:00:00 GMT
QUINN AND INKSTER SET TO RESUME BATTLE FOR TARGA NZ HONOURS http://www.proshotz.com/blog/2015/10/quinn-and-inkster-set-to-resume-battle-for-targa-nz-honours Tony Quinn and Naomi TillettFive-time event winner Tony Quinn and co-driver Naomi Tillett (#997) are back to contest Targa NZ this year.

Five-time Targa New Zealand tarmac rally winner Tony Quinn and co-driver Naomi Tillett, and last year's event winners Glenn Inkster and Spencer Winn, look set to resume their battle for overall honours when this year's six-day Auckland-Palmerston North event begins on Monday October 26.

Queensland-based Scot Quinn was forced to miss the 2013 event when it coincided with the opening of his Highlands Park motor racing circuit near Cromwell, but came back with a brand new car -  a Lamborghini Huracan - for last year's 20th anniversary event in the South Island.

A crash on the second day put he and Tillett out for two days though the car was repaired and the pair returned to contest the final two days of the event.

Glen Inkster and Spencer Winn2014 event winners Glen Inkster and Spencer Winn (white Ecolight Mitsubishi Evo 8) In their absence, Inkster, from Patumahoe near Pukekohe, and Winn from Howick in Auckland, dominated the Christchurch-Queenstown event, eventually crossing the finish line eight minutes and 10 seconds in front of fellow Mitsubishi Evo pair Todd and Rhys Bawden, who finished second.

Inkster and Winn have already won the two Targa tarmac events held earlier this year, the one-day Metalman Targa NZ Rally Sprint at Papakura in March, and the three-day Targa Bambina between Auckland and Rotorua in May.

But the pair have yet to win all three events in the same year. Something Inkster says he and Winn hope to do this year.

"Winning the 20th anniversary event was obviously our main goal last year,  but having to pull out of the North Island (Targa Rotorua) one last year was like unfinished business. So this year our main goal is to not only finish all three Targa events but to win them as well."

This year's six-day event starts in Auckland on (Labour Day) Monday October 26 and finishes in Palmerston North on Saturday October 31.

In-between are 35 closed special stages comprising a total of 1035.5kms linked by 1431.7kms of touring stages with overnight stops in Hamilton, New Plymouth (two nights), Palmerston North and Havelock North before the finish back in Palmerston North (at the city's Square) on Saturday October 31.

A two-day Targa NZ Regional Rally event-within-the-event is also being held. It starts in Palmerston North on the second-to-last day of the main event and takes in the final 14 stages of the main event.

Response from the event's many regulars has been immediate and enthusiastic with over 60 entries in the competitive section and over 20 in the concurrent but non-competitive Targa Tour.

Having already won the Targa New Zealand event five times - first back in 2003 in a Porsche with Keith Wenn co-driving, then four-times in a row between 2009 and 2012 with Tillett in the co-driver's seat in a  Nissan GT-R35 - Quinn  is widely regarded as the 'King' of the local event. But he and Tillett are not unbeatable, as Inkster and Winn proved last year.

Also returning for a shot at the Overall and Allcomers 4WD titles this year are - amongst others - Leigh Hopper and Simon Kirkpatrick from Orewa, fellow Subaru WRX pair Nic de Waal and Guy Hodgson form Auckland's North Shore, and veteran rally man Brian Green and co-driver Fleur Pedersen from Palmerston North.

The 2015 event also sees the Targa debut of a new Volkswagen Polo-based tarmac rally special to be driven by former speedway and SuperGT class ace, John Rae from New Plymouth with David Leuthart in the co-driver's seat.

Set to add interest to the Modern 2WD class, meanwhile, is Mike Lowe, who last year celebrated his 20th Targa New Zealand event behind the wheel of his diminutive 1964 Fiat Abarth 1000.

True to his word, after finishing the 2014 event Lowe left the little Abarth at  the New Zealand national motorsport museum at Highlands Park, promising to replace it with its spiritual successor, a 2015 Fiat 500 R3T Abarth.

That car is currently on its way to New Zealand with Lowe and co-driver Phillip Sutton set to - literally - carry on where they left off, complete with ENZED hose and fittings backing.

Other combinations expected to do well in the 2WD Modern class include Clark Proctor and co-driver Sue O'Neill in Proctor's turbocharged Nissan V6-engined Ford Escort, Martin Dippie and Jona Grant in Dippie's Porsche 911 GT3, and husband and wife pair Ross and Carmel Johnson from Hawera in their Holden Torana A9X V8.

Mark and Chris Kirk-BurnnandMark and father Chris Kirk-Burnnand (white KB M3 BMW M3) will be out to defend their Metalman Classic 2WD class title. In the Metalman Classic 2WD drive class it's hard to look past a member of the Kirk-Burnnand family with last year's class event class winner Mark and father Chris again spearheading the attack in their M3 BMW. Last year though Nelson man Bruce Farley put up a serious challenge in his BMW 325i and he returns this year keen to improve on the third in class he and co-driver Tim Eddington achieved 12 months ago.

Also back for another year from Queensland's Far North, are husband and wife Keith and and Mary Anne Callinan in one of a number of Mk 11 Ford Escort RS1800s entered in the event.

In other event news former V8 Supercar ace and now TV presenter Greg Murphy will take part in the event for the first time, driving the Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) Holden Commodore Clubsport R8 promo car.

The R8 Clubsport will be one of two promo cars running ahead of the main field with Murphy and fellow former racer, 'Racing Ray' Williams acting as roving ambassadors for the event.

Information on both the main (six-day) 2015 Targa New Zealand and two-day Targa Regional Rally events is available on the event website www.targa.co.nz

 

TARGA HISTORY

 Dubbed 'The Ultimate Road Race,' the annual New Zealand Targa event can trace its links back to the classic open road races - the Targa Floria and the Mille Miglia - popular in Italy from the early years of the 20th century until the 1970s. 

'Targa' is Italian for 'plate,' a reference either to a car's licence plate or to the rectangular bronze plate awarded to the winner of the Targa Floria.  

The first Targa New Zealand event, inspired by the success of Australia's Targa Tasmania event, was held in 1995, and since then the annual multi-day New Zealand event has been joined by other shorter, regional events under the direction of current owner and event director Peter Martin. 

Key to the on-going success of the main and subsidiary events is the unique New Zealand landscape with its unsurpassed network of sinuous sealed roads perfect for closed Targa stages.

Targa New Zealand events are organised with the support of sponsors Chicane, Ecolight, Federal tyres, Global Security, Kids In Cars, Metalman, NZ Classic Car magazine, Race Brakes, Racetech, TeamTalk, TrackIt and VTNZ.

Prepared by Ross MacKay FAST COMPANY on behalf of Targa NZ, photo credit Ben and Graham Hughes & Owen de Mooy PROSHOTZ Photography. To find out more about the various Targa events go to the Targa NZ website at www.targa.co.nz

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(Proshotz) NZ Targa http://www.proshotz.com/blog/2015/10/quinn-and-inkster-set-to-resume-battle-for-targa-nz-honours Tue, 29 Sep 2015 10:00:00 GMT
NEW NAME, STRUCTURE FOR NZ MOTORSPORT EVENT SPECIALIST http://www.proshotz.com/blog/2015/9/new-name-structure-for-nz-motorsport-event-specialist Peter Martin from Ultimate Rally GroupPeter Martin (right), the man behind The Ultimate Rally Group There's a new name - The Ultimate Rally Group - and structure for the company which motorsport event organiser Peter Martin set up when he took over running the annual Targa New Zealand tarmac motor rally.

It's been a busy few weeks for Martin, who in the space of a month has acquired both the Uncles Club track day business (which runs at the Hampton Downs motor racing circuit) and the Silver Fern Rally which runs every second year in the South Island.

With the two multi-day Targa events, the three-day Targa Bambina which this year ran from Auckland to Whitianga and on to Rotorua in May, and the upcoming 21st annual Targa New Zealand over six days in late October, Martin's business now has real critical mass; hence the need to address its structure.

" What we've now got with The Ultimate Rally Group." he explains, "is an organisation that specialises in rally event management and organisation. It has a full time staff of six specialists who can focus on the ever changing requirements of councils and motorsport to ensure the events we promote are run to the highest professional standard and can be benchmarked positively against any other major motorsport events here and overseas."

Traditionally rally and track events have been run by car clubs.  But times, Martin says, have changed.

"Gone are the days when well-meaning volunteer club members got together after work at the local car club rooms to organise a long distance rally of more than two days.

"There are just way too many issues to contend with these days, you need several people with specialist knowledge working full-time. By creating this structure it means that we are able to keep those skilled specialists in rally organising within the motorsport environment." 

Like the Targa events, Martin - whose business background is in motor vehicle sales, leasing and finance - was first introduced to the Silver Fern Rally and Uncles Club track day events as a competitor.

As such he learned, first hand, their strengths, weaknesses and potential. And he has tailored The Ultimate Rally Group to suit.

"There were clear synergies, for instance, between Targa and Silver Fern, both being marathon rallies, but very little crossover between entrants. Thus straight away we've been able to spread our overheads across the two events," he says.

Adding the Uncles Club track days at Hampton Downs makes that three, a happy coincidence the fact that new group General Manager Gary Upson was previously CEO at the track.

"Again," says Martin," from first-hand experience the Uncles Club was a great initiative, it just needed some back office structure, so it made perfect sense to take it under our wing as well."

The main beneficiaries of the move to create the umbrella Ultimate Rally Group structure, Martin believes, will be the entrants, many of whom have considerable resources (in terms of money, specialised support and time) tied up in their vehicles.

"The key benefit for the people who do our events, " says Martin, "is the certainty that they will happen when we say they will.  By building  a structure like we have to support events like Targa, Silver Fern and Uncles Club, we are effectively securing the future of the events and participants can be assured that they will go ahead on the dates we publish.

"Too many events these days are cancelled days out from the start due to a variety of reasons, mostly a lack of entries created by either a lack of awareness of the event or fear from participants that they will lose their entry fees."

Martin also says that the move will make working with the various communities the events pass through easier and more productive.

"Take council staff. Rather than dealing with different people for each event they will now deal with someone, more than likely the same person, from The Ultimate Rally Group.

And it will be the same with paperwork.

"Rather than new people having to 'get up to speed' before every event, it will be the same people who know the systems and processes doing the work and the same people, if you like, on the ground and at the end of the phone."

The first major event to be organised under the new structure will be the 21st annual Targa New Zealand event which starts in Auckland on Monday October 27 and finishes in Palmerston North on Saturday October 31.

 

Prepared by Ross MacKay FAST COMPANY on behalf of Ultimate Rally Group, photo credit Owen de Mooy PROSHOTZ Photography. To find out more about the Ultimate Rally Group you can contact Peter Martin +649-298-8322 or +64274-525-643

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(Proshotz) Silver Fern Rally Targa Ultimate Rally Group Uncles Club http://www.proshotz.com/blog/2015/9/new-name-structure-for-nz-motorsport-event-specialist Fri, 11 Sep 2015 11:00:00 GMT
TARGA NZ ANNOUNCES TWO-DAY REGIONAL 'EVENT-WITHIN-AN-EVENT http://www.proshotz.com/blog/2015/10/targa-nz-announces-two-day-regional-event-within-an-event Andy Mygind and Anthony BakerAndy Mygind and Anthony Baker (Datsun 240Z) contesting the Targa Bambina event earlier this year.

Keen to see as many would-be competitors as possible experience this year's 21st annual Targa New Zealand tarmac motor rally, event organiser Peter Martin has added a two-day 'event-within-an-event' to the 2015 'main Targa.'

The two-day Targa NZ Regional Rally 2015 starts in Palmerston North on the second-to-last day of the main event and has been added to the 2015 schedule for two reasons.

"The first," says Martin, "is that people are busy, and many tell me that while they'd love to do our event, they simply do not have the time to do the full six-days.  

"The second is that it gives people either new to motorsport, or new to Targa a chance to, if you like, 'dip-a-toe-in-the-water' to see  if a Targa event is for them."

The two-day Regional Rally starts on Friday October 30 and takes in the final 14 stages (Leg 4 and Leg 5) of the six-day main Targa NZ event.

Scrutineering and documentation are in Palmerston North on Thursday October 29 and the route includes several of the event's key stages like the run through the Gentle Annie road from Taihape to Hawke's Bay on the first day and (after an overnight stop in Havelock North) the return to Palmerston North on the second (and final) day via old favourites like Te Aute and Weber and new ones like a stage over the Pahiatua Track.

This year's six-day event starts in Auckland on (Labour Day) Monday October 26 and finishes in Palmerston North on Saturday October 31.

In-between are 35 closed special stages comprising a total of 1067kms linked by 1431.7kms of touring stages with overnight stops in Hamilton, New Plymouth (two nights), Palmerston North and Havelock North with the event finishing back in Palmerston North (at the city's Square) on Saturday October 31.

Response from the event's many regulars has been immediate and enthusiastic with over 50 entries in the competitive section and 25 in the concurrent but non-competitive Targa Tour.

Information on both the main (six-day) 2015 Targa New Zealand and two-day Targa Regional Rally events is available on the event website www.targa.co.nz

To watch competitors in last year's 20th anniversary Targa South Island event cross the Crown Range between Queenstown and Wanaka click on the hyperlink; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDMT8iqEwfU&index=25&list=PLzUH1gGk5m4VRnjiAtL0NqFmaeMFHSEps

 

TARGA HISTORY

Dubbed 'The Ultimate Road Race,' the annual New Zealand Targa event can trace its links back to the classic open road races - the Targa Floria and the Mille Miglia - popular in Italy from the early years of the 20th century until the 1970s. 

'Targa' is Italian for 'plate,' a reference either to a car's licence plate or to the rectangular bronze plate awarded to the winner of the Targa Floria.  

The first Targa New Zealand event, inspired by the success of Australia's Targa Tasmania event, was held in 1995, and since then the annual multi-day New Zealand event has been joined by other shorter, regional events under the direction of current owner and event director Peter Martin. 

Key to the on-going success of the main and subsidiary events is the unique New Zealand landscape with its unsurpassed network of sinuous sealed roads perfect for closed Targa stages.

Targa New Zealand events are organised with the support of sponsors Chicane, Ecolight, Federal tyres, Global Security, Kids In Cars, Metalman, NZ Classic Car magazine, Race Brakes, Racetech, TeamTalk, TrackIt and VTNZ.

Prepared by Ross MacKay FAST COMPANY on behalf of Targa NZ, photo credit Ben and Graham Hughes & Owen de Mooy PROSHOTZ Photography. To find out more about the various Targa events go to the Targa NZ website at www.targa.co.nz

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(Proshotz) NZ Targa http://www.proshotz.com/blog/2015/10/targa-nz-announces-two-day-regional-event-within-an-event Sun, 09 Aug 2015 11:00:00 GMT
TARGA MARKS NEXT MILESTONE WITH ANOTHER FIRST http://www.proshotz.com/blog/2015/10/targa-marks-next-milestone-with-another-first Glenn Inkster and Spencer WinnAll set for the 21st Targa New Zealand event in October are Glenn Inkster and Spencer Winn (#954) in the Ecolight Mitsubishi Evo 8.

Last year tarmac motor rally organiser Targa New Zealand marked its 20th anniversary with a six-day Christchurch to Queenstown odyssey - the event's first foray into the South Island. This year the event returns to its North Island roots with another event first - over 1000 kms of closed special stages.

"It's a biggie alright," says Event Director Peter Martin. "And we've done it as a direct response to competitor feedback.

"Typically over the six days of a main Targa event we would run to, say, 6-800kms of special stages and between 1500 and 1800 kms of travelling in-between."

Simon Clark and Richard SomervilleClass winners at the recent Targa Bambina event included Simon Clark and Richard Somerville (#601) in Modern 2WD

"This is the first time in our knowledge that any modern Targa-type event around the world has been able to clock up over 1000kms of special stages. In terms of bang for your buck it is unprecedented, here or anywhere else."

This year's six-day event starts in Auckland on (Labour Day) Monday October 26 and finishes in Palmerston North on Saturday October 31.

In-between are 35 closed special stages comprising a total of 1067kms linked by 1431.7kms of touring stages with overnight stops in Hamilton, New Plymouth (two nights), Palmerston North and Havelock North.

Included are some classic stages from previous main Targa events like Glen Murray, Kawhia, Inglewood, Whangamo

mona, Gentle Annie and Mangatainoka.

"What we're doing, in effect," says Martin, "is celebrating our return to the North Island, to the event's roots if you like, by taking some of the best and most popular stages from previous events and putting them together in one. It's going to be mega!"

Response from the event's many regulars has been immediate and enthusiastic with defending Targa South Island winner Glenn Inkster and co-driver Spencer Winn one of the first pairings to confirm their entry.

Others like former Targa Rotorua winner Leigh Hopper and co-driver Simon Kirkpatrick, and high-profile motorsport personality Clark Proctor and co-driver Sue O'Neill, have also been quick to sign up.

Bevan Claridge and Campbell TannockClass winners at the recent Targa Bambina event Bevan Claridge and co-driver Campbell Tannock (#312) in Metalman Classic.

Inkster and Winn also won the recent three-day Targa Bambina event between Auckland and Rotorua and Inkster says that after having to pull out of the 2013 Targa New Zealand event he and Winn have some 'unfinished business' to deal with this time around.

"Winning the 20th anniversary event was our big goal last year, but now that we have done that we decided that our main goal this year would be to not only finish all three Targa events, but to win them as well," he said.

Interest in the concurrent but non-competitive Targa Tour is also high, with over 30 entries already confirmed.

Entry information is available on the event website www.targa.co.nz with the standard pricing structure in place until the end of the month (July) before late entry fees kick in from August 1.

 

TARGA HISTORY

Dubbed 'The Ultimate Road Race,' the annual New Zealand Targa event can trace its links back to the classic open road races - the Targa Floria and the Mille Miglia - popular in Italy from the early years of the 20th century until the 1970s. 

'Targa' is Italian for 'plate,' a reference either to a car's licence plate or to the rectangular bronze plate awarded to the winner of the Targa Floria.  

The first Targa New Zealand event, inspired by the success of Australia's Targa Tasmania event, was held in 1995, and since then the annual multi-day New Zealand event has been joined by other shorter, regional events under the direction of current owner and event director Peter Martin. 

Key to the on-going success of the main and subsidiary events is the unique New Zealand landscape with its unsurpassed network of sinuous sealed roads perfect for closed Targa stages.

Targa New Zealand events are organised with the support of sponsors Chicane, Ecolight, Federal tyres, Global Security, Kids In Cars, Metalman, NZ Classic Car magazine, Race Brakes, Racetech, TeamTalk, TrackIt and VTNZ.

 

Prepared by Ross MacKay FAST COMPANY on behalf of Targa NZ, photo credit Ben and Graham Hughes & Owen de Mooy PROSHOTZ Photography. To find out more about the various Targa events go to the Targa NZ website at www.targa.co.nz

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(Proshotz) NZ Targa http://www.proshotz.com/blog/2015/10/targa-marks-next-milestone-with-another-first Sun, 19 Jul 2015 11:00:00 GMT
TARGA BAMBINA WIN PART OF SEASON PLAN - INKSTER http://www.proshotz.com/blog/2015/5/targa-bambina-win-part-of-season-plan---inkster Glenn Inkster and Spencer WinnWinners of this year's Targa Bambina event were Glenn Inkster and Spencer Winn in the Ecolight Mitsubishi Evo 8. Winning this year's Targa Bambina which finished in Rotorua on Sunday was all part of a plan for the country's top tarmac motor rally duo, Glenn Inkster and Spencer Winn and their Ecolight Mitsubishi Evo 8. 

Inkster, from Patumahoe near Pukekohe, and Winn, from Auckland won the 20th annual Targa New Zealand event in the South Island in November last year. But engine problems meant they failed to finish the inaugural three-day Targa North Island event from Auckland to Whitianga and on to Rotorua earlier in the year.

That event replaced the one-day Targa Bambina in February and two-day Targa Rotorua in June and this year reverted to the Targa Bambina name.

"Winning the 20th anniversary event was obviously our main goal, but having to pull out of the North Island one last year was like unfinished business. So this year," Inkster said "we decided that our main goal would be to not only finish all three Targa events this year, but to win them as well."

The pair won the one-day Targa Sprint event in Auckland in March and led this year's Bambina event, which started in Auckland on Friday, from start to finish.

On the way they won 18 of the 21 stages outright and finishing a comfortable four-and-three-quarter minutes in front of fellow Instra.com Allcomers 4WD category member Nic de Waal and his new co-driver Tom Grooten (Subaru Impreza WRX).

Last year's winner, Leigh Hopper and new co-driver Ben Grooten, were an early threat in Hopper's Subaru Impreza WRX. But the Orewa pair were out late on Friday morning after running off the road. 

They returned in a leased Mitsubishi Evo on Saturday but 'just to have fun' according to Hopper, event rules stating that you can only remain in contention for a place if you start and finish in the same car.

Bevan Claridge and Campbell TannockMetalman Classic 2WD were Foxton ace Bevan Claridge and co-driver Campbell Tannock in Claridge's Holden Commodore V8. Despite having to do a diff change at the side of the road on Sunday morning, victory in the Metalman Classic 2WD class and fourth place overall went to Foxton driver Bevan Claridge and his co-driver Campbell Tannock from class and event stalwart Barry Kirk-Burnnand and co-driver Dave O'Carroll from Auckland in a BMW M3.

For most of the event Claridge and Tannock were locked in a battle for category supremacy with Mark and Chris Kirk-Burnnand from Wellington in their BMW M3 and Claridge's former co-driver, Jason Easton and Campbell Ward, in Easton's classic notch-back Ford Mustang.

Easton and Ward crashed out of the Hobbiton stage west of Matamata on Saturday though, and late in the penultimate event stage on Sunday Mark and Chris Kirk-Burnnand were forced to pull out when a suspension bolt broke.

Class sponsor Clark Proctor and co-driver Sue O'Neill had also been contenders on Friday, but a terminal engine issue (broken crank) saw the Nissan-engined Escort back in the Metalman truck and on its way back to Auckland on Friday afternoon. 

Simon Clark and Richard SomervilleClass winners in Instra.com Modern 2WD were Simon Clark and Richard Somerville in a late model BMW M3 The Instra.com Modern 2WD category also turned into a battle of attrition, this one won by Auckland pair Simon Clark and Richard Somerville in Clark's new late model BMW M3.

On the first day of the event the class was dominated by husband and wife Ross and Carmel Graham from Hawera in their Holden Torana A9X. But clutch problems put them out on Saturday morning, handing the lead to Perth-based Kiwi expat Robert Darrington and his co-driver David Abetz in their BMW M3.

They in turn held it through Saturday and into Sunday morning before an off-road excursion in Stage 18 on Sunday morning saw the lead to pass to Clark and Somerville,

Darrington and Abetz hung on for second from the Mike Lea and Grant Handley in Lea's Nissan SR20 turbo-engined BMW Compact.

There was real depth and diversity in the Instra.com Modern 2WD class, with six different class winners.

Mike Lea's Nissan-powered BMW Compact was again the dark horse, the Reporoa man winning the most stages in the class - eight - but held back by mechanical issues and the odd off-road excursion.

Clark and Gisborne newcomer Matt Todd proved the efficacy of investing in later model BMW M3s, Clark topping the class time sheets in five of the stages and Todd and co-driver Dan Reichenbach finishing fourth in class and eighth overall in their first multi-day Targa event in Todd's 2007 model. 

There was also a fascinating event-long battle in the Instra.com Modern 2WD class for Toyota 86 coupe bragging rights between former Mini racing aces Chris Lewis and co-driver Kieran Anstis from Waiheke Island, and Grant Aitken and Caroline Cullimore from Cromwell.

Lewis started and finished with the upper hand, ending up seventh in class to Aitken's ninth, but often there were only seconds between the Toyota twins on stage.

This year's three-day Targa North Island event attracted 50 starters plus another 30 in the allied but non-competitive Targa Tour.

Targa New Zealand events are organised with the support of sponsors Ecolight, Federal tyres, Global Security, Instra Corporation,  Kids In Cars, Metalman, NZ Classic Car magazine, Race Brakes, TeamTalk, TrackIt, VTNZ. and Woolrest Biomag.

 

Results

Overall           

1. Glenn Inkster/Spencer Winn (2000 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) 03:17:04

2. Nic de Waal/Tom Grooten (2002 Subaru Impreza WRX) 03:21:57

3. Simon Clark/Richard  Somerville (2007 BMW M3) 03:30:04

4. Bevan Claridge/Campbell Tannock (1992 Holden Commodore) 03:31:18

5. Robert Darrington/David Abetz (2002 BMW E46) 03:32:03

6. Mike Lea/Grant Handley (1996 BMW 318i) 03:33:48

7. Barry Kirk Burnannd/Dave O'Carroll (1989 BMW M3) 03:37:14

8. Matt Todd/Dan Reichenbach (2008 BMW M3) 03:39:53

9. Carl Kirk-Burnnand/Scott Hay (1991 BMW 325i) 03:40:27

10. Anthony & Jo Butler (1973 Holden Cheetah) 03:40:49

 

Instra.com Allcomers 4WD

1. Inkster/Winn

2. de Waal/Grooten

3. Mathew Wales/Mitchell Osborne (2006 Mitsubishi Evo 9) 03:47:20

 

Metalman Classic 2WD

1. Claridge/Tannock

2. Barry Kirk-Burnnand/O'Carroll

3. Carl Kirk-Burnnand/Hay

 

Instra.com Modern 2WD

1. Clark/Somerville

2. Darrington/Abetz

3. Lea/Handley

 

Prepared by Ross MacKay FAST COMPANY on behalf of Targa NZ, photo credit Ben and Graham Hughes & Owen de Mooy PROSHOTZ Photography. To find out more about the various Targa events go to the Targa NZ website at www.targa.co.nz

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(Proshotz) Bambina NZ Targa http://www.proshotz.com/blog/2015/5/targa-bambina-win-part-of-season-plan---inkster Sun, 17 May 2015 11:00:00 GMT
ALL CHANGE BEHIND INKSTER AND WINN ON SECOND DAY OF TARGA BAMBINA http://www.proshotz.com/blog/2015/5/all-change-behind-inkster-and-winn-on-second-day-of-targa-bambina Robert Darrington and David AbetzLeading the Instra.com Modern 2WD class at the end of the second day of Targa Bambina are Robert Darrington and David Abetz in their BMW E46 coupe.

It was a case of 'all change' behind Day 1 leaders Glenn Inkster and Spencer Winn on the second day of the Targa Bambina tarmac motor rally in the Coromandel and eastern Waikato today.

For a start the weather and road conditions could hardly have been more different with bright sun and double digit temperatures replacing Friday's cold and rain.

Despite an engine misfire which slowed them in the afternoon stages, Mitsubishi Evo pair Inkster and Winn eased away from the Subaru Impreza WRX of Nic de Waal and  Tom Grooten to arrive in Rotorua at days end with a lead of close to three minutes in both the Instra.com Allcomers 4WD class and overall standings.

Leigh Hopper and Ben Grooten proved almost as quick in a leased Mitsubishi Evo as they were before their accident in Hopper's Subaru Impreza WRX on Friday morning, but by changing cars the pair are no longer eligible for an official placing in the event so as Hopper said at parc ferme, they 'were only in it for the fun.'

Mark and Chris Kirk-BurnnandSecond is Metalman Classic 2WD class are Mark and Chris Kirk-Burnnand in their BMW M3.

Nic de Waal and Tom Grooten ended the day second overall and in the Instra.com Allcomers 4WD after a day of attrition saw Jason Gill and Mark Robinson - who were second overall at the end of Day 1 - out with a gearbox problem on the first stage out of Whitianga this morning and Brian Green and Fleur Pedersen out later in the morning after - as Fleur said - 'the engine (of their Mitsubishi Evo10) went bang!'

Overnight Instra.com Modern 2WD class leaders, Ross and Carmel Graham were another high profile early dnf today, thanks to a clutch issue with their Holden Torana A9X V8. 

With the Graham A9X on a trailer, Perth-based expat Kiwi Robert Darrington and David Abetz and their BMW E46 coupe took over the lead in the Instra.com Modern 2WD class and at days' end retained a narrow advantage over the later model BMW M3 of Simon Clark and Richard Somerville.

Clark and Somerville topped the class time sheets in three of the day's six confirmed stages, but Darrington and was one of three other stage winners and finished second in three of the others.

The result was that at day's end he and Abetz retained a 26 second lead over Clark and Somerville with the other day class stage winners, Mike Lea and Grant Handley third place in class and fifth overall.

The second day also saw the emergence of another BMW pairing to challenge for place on the podium in the form of BMW circuit Series Open class champion Andre Cowan and co-driver Brett Cowan in their ex NZ Touring Car Championship BMW 325i.

Targa Bambina 2015Jason Easton and Campbell WardMetalman Classic 2WD class winner in four stages today before running off the road on the Hobbiton stage was the Ford Mustang of Jason Easton and Campbell Ward.

The day proved just as competitive in the Metalman Classic 2WD class where Foxton market gardener Bevan Claridge and co-driver Campbell Tannock maintained their first day lead from long-time BMW M3-driving class pace-setters Mark and Chris Kirk-Burnnand and Barry Kirk-Burnnand and Dave O'Carroll. 

For the best part of the day Holden Commodore V8 pair Claridge and Tannock swapped fastest class stage times with the Ford Mustang of former co-driver Jason Easton and Campbell Ward but Easton pushed a little too hard on the Hobbiton stage west of Matamata and ended down a bank, leaving members of the Kirk-Burnnand clan to claim back the other two steps on the class podium. 

A little further down the field the battle royal for first Toyota 86 honours continued with Chris Lewis and Kieran Anstis ending the day seventh in class, just 48 seconds ahead of Grant Aitken and Caroline Cullimore.

This year's Targa Bambina event continues on Sunday with stages west of Tokoroa in the morning and south and west of Rotorua in the afternoon.

 

2015 Targa Bambina Auckland-Whitianga-Rotorua Fri-Sun May 15-17

Results at the end of Day 2

Overall

1. Glenn Inkster/Spencer Winn (2000 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) 02:07:21

2. Nic de Waal/Tom Grooten (2002 Subaru Impreza WRX) 02:10:06

3. Robert Darrington/David Abetz (2002 BMW E46) 02:15:25

4. Simon Clark/Richard  Somerville (2007 BMW M3) 02:15:51

5. Mike Lea/Grant Handley (1996 BMW 318i) 02:16:58

6. Bevan Claridge/Campbell Tannock (1992 Holden Commodore) 02:17:04

7. Mark & Chris Kirk-Burnnand (1987 BMW M3) 02:17:39

8. Barry Kirk Burnannd/Dave O'carroll (1989 BMW M3) 02:20:58

9. Matt Todd/Dan Reichenbach (2008 BMW M3) 02:22:22

10. Anthony Butler/Jo Butler (1973 Holden Cheetah) 02:22:37

 

Instra.com Allcomers 4WD

1. Inkster/Winn 02:07:21

2. de Waal/Grooten 02:10:06

3. McCandless/Mumm 02:24:38

 

Metalman Classic 2WD

1. Claridge/Tannock 02:17:04

2. Mark & Chris Kirk-Burnnand 02:17:39

3. Barry Kirk-Burnnand/Dave O'Carroll 02:20:58

 

Instra.com Modern 2WD

1. Darrington/Abetz 02:15:25

2. Clark/Somerville 02:15:51

3. Lea/Handley 02:16:58

 

Prepared by Ross MacKay FAST COMPANY on behalf of Targa NZ, photo credit Ben and Graham Hughes & Owen de Mooy PROSHOTZ Photography. To find out more about the various Targa events go to the Targa NZ website at www.targa.co.nz

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(Proshotz) Bambina NZ Targa http://www.proshotz.com/blog/2015/5/all-change-behind-inkster-and-winn-on-second-day-of-targa-bambina Sat, 16 May 2015 11:00:00 GMT
INKSTER & WINN HOLD EARLY TARGA BAMBINA LEAD http://www.proshotz.com/blog/2015/5/inkster-winn-hold-early-targa-bambina-lead Glenn Inkster and co-driver Spencer WinnOverall and Instra.com Allcomers 4WD class leaders after the first day of competition at the 2015 Targa Bambina event were Glenn Inkster from Patumahoe and co-driver Spencer Winn from Howick in their Ecolight Mitsubishi Evo 8 Reigning Targa New Zealand title holders and recent Metalman Targa Sprint event winners Glenn Inkster and Spencer Winn (Mitsubishi Evo 8) have taken an early overall lead in this year's three-day Targa Bambina event from Auckland to Rotorua.

At the end of the first day of competition at Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula this evening, the pair - from Patumahoe near Pukekohe and Howick respectively - had a lead of just under a minute over fellow Mitsubishi Evo runners Jason Gill and Mark Robinson with fellow Aucklanders Nic de Waal and Tom Grooten three minutes back in third place in their Subaru Impreza WRX.

Bar a fright at the start when his car's starter motor failed, Inkster said he and Winn had had a good day, their goal to keep the car shiny side up in the cool, rain-lashed conditions.

"Getting to the end here, really was it today, " he said. "We knew we were going to be there or thereabouts so it wasn't about pushing too hard in the treacherous conditions."

Leigh Hopper and new co-driver Ben Grooten put up a sterling fight early on, dead-heating with Inkster and Winn on the second stage and winning the third. But driveline and engine issues then an off in Stage 4 saw their Subaru WRX Impreza on the trailer before the event left the northern Waikato.
Bevan Claridge and Campbell Tannockleaders of the Classic 2WD class were Holden Commodore V8 pair Bevan Claridge and Campbell Tannock from Foxton.

Also out early in the event was high profile Auckland ace Clark Proctor and co-driver Sue O'Neill, Proctor's turbocharged Nissan-engined Ford Escort grinding to a halt with a broken crank in Stage 7.

The big story in the Metalman Classic 2WD class was the pace of Holden Commodore driver Bevan Claridge and his co-driver Campbell Tannock, who arrived in Whitianga with a lead of 21 seconds over usual class pace-setters, Mark and Chris Kirk-Burnnand in their BMW M3.

Claridge and Tannock won the opening stage from the classic Ford Mustang V8 of fellow Manawatu farmer Jason Easton and his co-driver Campbell Ward with Mark and Chris Kirk-Burnnand fifth.

They then followed home Mark and Chris in the next four stages before a second class win in the sixth stage, another second on the seventh and a fourth on the final for a confidence-boosting early class lead.

Also impressing in a V8-engined car were Taranaki husband and wife Ross & Carmel Graham. The Grahams topped the Instra.com Modern 2WD  Husband and wife Ross and Carmel GrahamLeading the Instra.com Modern 2WD class and fourth overall were husband and wife Ross and Carmel Graham in their Holden Torana A9X V8. class in four of the eight stages to enjoy a lead of over a minute-and-a-half over the late model BMW M3 of Perth-based Kiwi Robert Darrington and David Abetz and the Nissan SR20 turbo-powered BMW Compact of Rotorua pair Mike Lea and Grant Handley.

The Grahams also ended the day fourth overall and first two-wheel-drive car, an amazing achievement given the wet, slippery conditions.

The three-day Targa Bambina event continues tomorrow with more stages on the Coromandel Peninsula and in and around Matamata before an overnight stop in Rotorua and final day west of Tokoroa then south of Rotorua.

Targa New Zealand events are organised with the support of sponsors Ecolight, Federal tyres, Global Security, Instra Corporation, Kids In Cars, Metalman, NZ Classic Car magazine, Race Brakes, TeamTalk, TrackIt, VTNZ. and Woolrest Biomag.

 

2015 Targa Bambina - Day 1  Auckland-Whitianga

Overall

1. Glenn Inkster/Spencer Winn (2000 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) 01:04:30

2. Jason Gill/Mark  Robinson (2005 Mitsubishi Evo9GT) 01:05:27

3. Nic de Waal/Tom Grooten (2002 Subaru Impreza WRX) 01:07:30

4. Ross Graham/Carmel Graham (1977 Holden Torana) 01:08:49

5. Brian Green/Fleur Pedersen (2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X RS) 01:10:09

6. Robert Darrington/David Abetz (2002 BMW E46) 01:10:36

7. Mike Lea/Grant Handley (1996 BMW 318i) 01:10:41

8. Simon Clark/Richard  Somerville (2007 BMW M3) 01:11:07

9. Bevan Claridge/Campbell Tannock (1992 Holden Commodore) 01:11:09

10. Mark Kirk-Burnnand/Chris Kirk-Burnnand (1987 BMW M3) 01:11:30

 

Instra.com Allcomers 4WD

1. Glenn Inkster/Spencer Winn (2000 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) 01:04:30

2. Jason Gill/Mark Robinson (2005 Mitsubishi Evo9GT) 01:05:27

3. Nic de Waal/Tom Grooten (2002 Subaru Impreza WRX) 01:07:30

4. Brian Green/Fleur Pedersen (2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X RS) 01:10:09

5. Graeme Coley/Graham Browne (2001 Audi RS4) 01:13:30

6. Jeff McCandless/Marcella Mumm (2010 Subaru WRX STi) 00:07:35

 

Metalman Classic 2WD

1. Bevan Claridge/Campbell Tannock (1992 Holden Commodore) 01:11:09

2. Mark Kirk-Burnnand/Chris Kirk-Burnnand (1987 BMW M3) 01:11:30

3. Jason Easton/Campbell Ward (1966 Ford Mustang Notchback) 01:13:03

4. Barry Kirk Burnnand/Dave O'Carroll (1989 BMW M3) 01:13:24

5. Carl Kirk-Burnnand/Scott Hay (1991 BMW 325i) 01:15:01

6. Grant & Roman Harrington (1986 BMW E30 M3) 01:18:42

 

Instra.com Modern 2WD

1. Ross & Carmel Graham (1977 Holden  Torana) 01:08:49

2. Robert Darrington/David Abetz (2002 BMW  E46) 01:10:36

3. Mike Lea/Grant Handley (1996 BMW 318i) 01:10:41

4. Simon Clark/Richard  Somerville (2007 BMW M3) 01:11:07

5. Anthony Butler/Jo Butler (1973 Holden Cheetah) 01:12:54

6. Matt Todd/Dan Reichenbach (2008 BMW M3) 01:14:28

 

Prepared by Ross MacKay FAST COMPANY on behalf of Targa NZ, photo credit Ben and Graham Hughes & Owen de Mooy PROSHOTZ Photography. To find out more about the various Targa events go to the Targa NZ website at www.targa.co.nz

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(Proshotz) Bambina NZ Targa http://www.proshotz.com/blog/2015/5/inkster-winn-hold-early-targa-bambina-lead Fri, 15 May 2015 11:00:00 GMT
COX CONQUERS CARDRONA http://www.proshotz.com/blog/2015/4/cox-conquers-cardrona Sloan Cox in his Mitsubishi EVO 8 Hillclimb SpecialSloan Cox, manages to overcome problems with the hillclimb car to finish 4th overall and 3rd in class. Sloan Cox, who managed to overcome problems with the hillclimb car to finish 4th overall and 3rd in class. 

The team was plagued by several issues over the weekend, the first being the loss of rear brakes on the opening run. They also suffered from centre differential issues with both mechanical and electrical problems surfacing. Cox stopped 1km into the first run on Sunday when the centre differential casing broke as the part did not handle the torque the engine makes. The service crew worked hard before the final run of the event to replace the part and also lock the hydraulic controls on the centre differential to give Cox more control of the car.   Sloan Cox, finishes 4th overall and 3rd in class.Left to Right, 2nd in class Brett Hayward, 1st in class Alister McRae, and 3rd in class Sloan Cox. Photo provided by Euan Cameron

This change enabled Cox to finish 3rd on the top twenty shootout, securing prime position of last on the road for the final run which the winning results were based on. The Cox Motorsport team were absolutely thrilled that Cox secured 4th position given that the oil light came on halfway through the final run causing Cox to back off to ensure he crossed the finish line.   “It was a difficult event for me, learning the car and overcoming the problems we had. Problems aside I really enjoyed the challenging event. Now that I have driven the hill, I am confident that once the car is sorted we definitely have the right vehicle which is capable of winning the event outright” states Cox.  

Cox wishes to thank Highlands Motorsport Park and Tony Quinn for bringing back Race to the Sky. This was always an event he wanted to compete in and is now looking forward to attacking this event yearly and one year becoming King of the Mountain. 

Prepared by Cox Motorsport Ltd, photo credit Ben Hughes PROSHOTZ Photography and Euan Cameron. To find out more about Cox Motorsports go to the Facebook Page www.facebook.com/CoxMotorsport

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(Proshotz) Cox Motorsport Highlands Hillclimb Race to the sky Repco http://www.proshotz.com/blog/2015/4/cox-conquers-cardrona Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:00:00 GMT
MCRAE WINS REPCO RACE TO THE SKY IN POSSUM'S SUBARU http://www.proshotz.com/blog/2015/4/mcrae-wins-repco-race-to-the-sky-in-possums-subaru Alister McRae in Possums Bournes 98 Subaru WRCAlister McRae becomes new King of the Mountain in a Subaru WRC car once raced and driven to victory in 2001 by Kiwi rally icon Possum Bourne Alister McRae has secured a popular victory at the resurrected Repco Race to the Sky, becoming the new King of the Mountain in a Subaru WRC car once raced and driven to victory in this very event by Kiwi rally icon Possum Bourne.

It wasn’t an easy victory for the Perth-based Scotsman when his engine failed on the morning’s first run requiring the Possum Bourne Motor Sport team to work at top speed to replace it with the spare motor just in time for the afternoon’s all important final run.

Nor was it an easy day for several big name competitors in the Cardrona hillclimb with eight-time champion Nobuhiro ‘Monster’ Tajima suffering a problem which sent him flying off several hundred metres off the road and leaving his Super 86 hillclimb machine damaged and unable to continue. Tajima, who escaped unscathed from the high speed incident, said: “My car is broken. My heart is broken.”

Super quad racer Ian Ffitch, from AmberleySeven-time quad champion Ian Ffitch takes out title for fastest kiwi up the Mountain, and third place overall
Star super quad racer Ian Ffitch, from Amberley, also suffered an engine failure this morning, and thanks to his crew’s swift work, the seven-time quad champion was ready to return for the final where he secured third place overall and won the Possum Bourne Memorial Trophy as the fastest New Zealander.

Australian racer Brett Hayward had one of the most consistent and fast campaigns of the weekend. Fastest yesterday and again in the morning’s run up the 14.5 km gravel hillclimb course, Hayward piloted his self-built supercharged Suzuki-powered open wheeler into a well-deserved second place.

McRae’s grin on the podium said it all. “The whole event’s been great. Yesterday was like a learning experience, but then to stop on today’s qualifying, well, I’ll not tell you what I said to myself because there’s kids here but obviously I was very, very disappointed. But then you think, well, hold on, we’ve got a spare engine. The time to change that was very tight, but the Possum Bourne Motor Sport boys did a tremendous job. I know what Possum means to the motorsport community here so to do that in his car, for Craig to invite me down here, it’s been a great weekend!”

Brent Hayward in his self-built supercharged Suzuki open wheelerHayward piloting his self-built supercharged Suzuki-powered open wheeler into a well-deserved second place. Hayward described his second place as “just phenomenal. It’s a bit daunting for me, all these people. I know we’re from across the ditch, but we’ve had a lot of support and that’s just incredible. I just want to say a huge congratulations to Alister and Ffitchy. To have your name mentioned up here beside these guys, wow. That last run was as good as I could get, I threw everything at it. Alister thoroughly deserves that win, and Ffitchy in third place, that’s awesome.”

“Top three is awesome,” said Ffitch. “But really it’s all about the Possum Bourne Memorial Trophy. I was lucky to win it the first year and that was very special. And then with what went on this morning, that makes this win even more special. To win it, I’ve got to thank my crew, especially Jase, without his support you just can’t do this sort of thing.”

Ffitch was presented with the fastest Kiwi trophy by Possum and Peggy Bourne’s youngest son, Spencer. The 16-year-old is a huge fan of the Race to the Sky and proud to represent his family. When asked what he thought of his ride up the course which climbs 1050 metres from the Cardrona Valley into the Pisa Range, he said: “We went too slow in the safety car.”

With several thousand spectators, the support of a major brand like Repco and 108 competitors riding motorcycles and quads, and driving rally cars, homebuilt cars and off-roaders, the first Race to the Sky event to be run since 2007 has been a huge success.

Event promoter Tony Quinn, owner of Highlands Motorsport Park nearby in Cromwell, told fans gathered at the podium presentation that the event will definitely run again next year.

“Thank you everyone, it’s been a great job!” said Quinn who raced his brand-new Pace Innovations Repco RTTS Extreme 4WD hillclimb into a commendable 12th place overall. “There’s a thousand stories there, Monster’s got a story, I’ve got a story, everyone’s got a story. A great weekend was had by all. We’ve had great response from sponsors, public and competitors. Everyone wants to do it again.”

A key feature of national and international hillclimbs of this nature is the diverse array of machinery being raced. With McRae taking the unlimited class victory and Hayward second, Rotorua’s Sloan Cox took third in this class. The open 2WD class victory went, again, to Christchurch’s Trevor Crowe using a Subaru Justy. The Open 4WD win went to Christchurch’s Michael Tall using a Mitsubishi Evo. The rallycourse class win went to Geraldine’s Kieran Hall in a Subaru STI while Daniel Callinan took the historic rally win in a Ford Escort. Te Kuiti’s Jim McIndoe took the motorcycle class win and Clim Tristam Lammer, from Whangarei, won the off-roader section.

 

Prepared by Highlands Motorsports Park, photo credit Ben Hughes & Owen de Mooy PROSHOTZ Photography. To find out more about Race to the Sky go to the Race to the Sky website at www.racetothesky.co.nz, or for more information about Highlands Motorsports Park and their various events go to the Highlands Motorsports Park website at www.highlands.co.nz

 

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(Proshotz) Highlands Hillclimb Race to the sky Repco http://www.proshotz.com/blog/2015/4/mcrae-wins-repco-race-to-the-sky-in-possums-subaru Sun, 19 Apr 2015 11:00:00 GMT
INKSTER & WINN TAKE METALMAN TARGA SPRINT EVENT http://www.proshotz.com/blog/2015/3/inkster-winn-take-metalman-targa-sprint-event Glenn Inkster and co-driver Spencer WinnOverall and Allcomers 4WD class winners at the 2015 Metalman Targa Sprint event at Ardmore on Sunday were Glenn Inkster from Patumahoe and co-driver Spencer Winn from Howick in their Ecolight Mitsubishi Evo 8.

Defending Targa New Zealand winners Glenn Inkster and Spencer Winn (Mitsubishi Evo 8) got their 2015 season off to a winning start with overall and class victory in Sunday's one-day Metalman Targa Sprint event in south-east Auckland.

Based at Ardmore Airport and with two short (6.7 & 8.33km) stages repeated three times each for a total distance of just over 60kms, the event attracted a 40-strong 

mix of regular Targa specialists like Inkster and Winn and event sponsor Clark Proctor and co-driver Sue 'O'Neill (Ford Escort V6 turbo),and interested first-timers like recently crowned NZV8 Touring Car champion Kevin Williams who leased a Mitsubishi Evo 6.

Inkster and Winn took the overall event honours by 26 seconds from fellow Allcomers 4WD class fast man Leigh Hopper and his co-driver Simon Fitzpatrick (Subaru Impreza WRX) but the winning pair certainly didn’t have it all their own way.

The margin was just one second in two of the stages, and Hopper and Fitzpatrick turned the tables on Inkster & Winn to win the second stage by three seconds.

Clark 'The Metalman' Proctor and co-driver Sue O'NeillWinners of the Modern 2WD class and third overall were event sponsor Clark 'The Metalman' Proctor and co-driver Sue O'Neill (Ford Escort V6 turbo).

Third overall and winner of the Modern 2WD class was event sponsor Clark Proctor (aka 'The Metalman') and co-driver Sue O'Neill in the highly-modified turbocharged Nissan V6-powered Mk 1 Ford Escort re-built after its crash and gearbox issues in last year's Targa South Island event.

Like Inkster and Winn, Proctor and O'Neill spent the best part of the day fighting a pitched battle for the class lead with - in their case - Taranaki ace Ross Graham (Holden Torana V8).

Graham (who used different members of his team as co-drivers during the day) claimed class wins in three of the stages, including the first by five seconds over Proctor and the third - again over Proctor - by just one second.

As he settled into his re-built car Proctor got quicker and quicker and at the same time, the late model BMW M3 V8s of Simon Clark and co-driver Donald Howard, and Aaron Robinson and George Randle (sharing the car owned and usually driven by Tim James), started putting pressure on Graham.

The result was that Graham held on for second in class and sixth overall with the BMWs of Clark and Howard and Robinson and Randle third and fourth respectively in class and an impressive eighth and ninth respectively overall.

Eddie and Tom GrootenWinners of the Classic 2WD class were father-and-son Eddie and Tom Grooten (Porsche 911S).

Early on in the day there was also a battle for class honours in Classic 2WD. But when the Datsun 240Z of early pace-setters, Andy Mygind and Anthony Baker was slowed by a mis-fire then fuel starvation, father-and-son pair Eddie and Tom Grooten eased away to lead home the classic contingent from Ken Northin and his co-driver in Northin's Ford Escort RS 2000 replica.

The Metalman Targa Sprint event was the first of the year's three Targa tarmac rally events with the second, the three-day Targa Bambina from Auckland to Whitianga and on to Rotorua running between May 16 and 18, and the annual six-day Targa New Zealand event which this year will run from the 26th to the 31st of October.

Targa New Zealand events are organised with the support of sponsors Ecolight, Federal tyres, Global Security, Instra Corporation,  Kids In Cars, Metalman, NZ Classic Car magazine, Race Brakes, TeamTalk, TrackIt, VTNZ. and Woolrest Biomag. 

 

2015 Metalman Targa Rally Sprint Ardmore Papakura Auckland Sunday March 08

Overall

1. Glenn Inkster/Spencer Winn (2000 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) 00:30:29

2. Leigh Hopper/Simon Kirkpatrick (1995 Subaru Impreza WRX Sti) 00:30:55

3. Clark Proctor/Sue O'Neill (Ford Escort Mk 1 V6 Turbo) 00:32:57

4. Nic & Danny de Waal (2002 Subaru Impreza WRX) 00:33:05

5. Brian Green/Fleur Pedersen (2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X RS) 00:33:44

6. Ross & Carmel Graham (1977 Holden Torana) 00:33:47

7. David Rogers/Aiden Kelly (2009 Mitsubishi Evo X RS) 00:33:58

8. Simon Clark/Donald Howard (2007 BMW M3) 00:34:06

9. Aaron Robinson/ George Randle (2008 BMW M3)00:34:47

10. Cameron Ross/Matthew Buer (2003 Nissan 350Z) 00:34:

 

Allcomers 4WD

1. Inkster/Winn

2. Hopper/Kirkpatrick

3. de Waal/de Waal

4. Green/ Pedersen

5. Rogers/Kelly

6. Chris Lane/Karl Celeste (2004 Audi RS4) 00:35:37

7. Kevin Williams/ -(1999 Mitsubishi Evo 6) 00:37:14

 

Classic 2WD

1. Eddie & Tom Grooten (1978 Porsche  911 SC) 00:36:11

2. Ken Northin/- (1975 Ford RS 2000 Replica) 00:37:38

3. Patrick O'Donnell/ - 1983 Isuzu Gemini 00:38:09

4. Linden Bawden/Rhys Bawden (1979 Ford Escort) 00:41:29

5. Gary Ashton/Chris McMurray (1964 Morris  Cooper MK 1) 00:45:25

 

Modern 2WD

1. Proctor/O'Neill

2. Graham/Graham

3. Clark/Howard

4. Robinson/Randle

5. Ross/Buer

 

Prepared by Ross MacKay FAST COMPANY on behalf of Targa NZ, photo credit Ben Hughes & Owen de Mooy PROSHOTZ Photography. To find out more about the various Targa events go to the Targa NZ website at www.targa.co.nz

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(Proshotz) Metalman Sprint Rally Sprint Targa NZ http://www.proshotz.com/blog/2015/3/inkster-winn-take-metalman-targa-sprint-event Sun, 08 Mar 2015 10:00:00 GMT